Counselling, psychotherapy, and supervision
Stratford, east London
Where would you like your journey to take you?
In some ways therapy can be like a journey. You want to get to somewhere different from where you are now, and you’re not quite sure how to start. And often it’s about finding your own path and what makes you unique. My path involved learning to ride a unicycle, but your path will be completely different, and that’s what I’m interested in.
Make yourself comfortable
What is counselling anyway?
Counselling can be whatever you want it to be, but often it’s very much like a normal conversation. The main difference is that it’s focused on where you want to get to in your life, and I’ll only talk about myself when I think it might be helpful for you.
At the beginning we can discuss how you would like counselling to work for you, and then I’ll do my best to fit in with your preferences.
Flexible fee rates
Online or in person
Short- or long-term
All diversities welcomed
Kink- and poly-friendly
I am a BACP-approved supervisor, so if you are a counsellor looking for clinical supervision, I’ll be happy to discuss how we can work together.
What many clients want and need is basically someone who will listen and understand, which is the real essence of counselling.
I also often work with pluralistic, trauma-informed, solution-focused, and other specific approaches to therapy.
As a qualified hypnotherapist I can offer hypnotherapy as a way to increase the effectiveness of other types of therapy.
Since the first COVID-19 restrictions were announced in March 2020 I have been working almost entirely online, mainly using Zoom. The only exception is that I have arranged a few in-person sessions outdoors, generally in a local park. I intend to restart indoor sessions in due course, but I have not yet (as of September 2021) decided when to make this change.
Is everything completely confidential?
Mostly what we discuss will remain confidential, but I will have to tell the relevant authorities if I believe there is a serious risk of harm to you or someone else, especially a child. I would also have to disclose terrorism, serious fraud, and certain other things.
Can you give me a diagnosis?
As a psychotherapist I am not able to give you a mental health diagnosis that will be accepted for treatment by the NHS. For this you will need to see a psychologist or a psychiatrist. However, I am familiar with mental health diagnoses, and we can talk about what you want from a diagnosis and what you would be likely to get.
Can I come off my antidepressants?
If you’re on antidepressants, you will need to get agreement from your GP to come off them, and you will then need to “taper” the dose very carefully. There can often be side-effects from antidepressant withdrawal, and we can talk about these and help you get through them.
Can you write a letter to my manager?
If you are seeing me for therapy, and then you need a letter for your manager (or housing officer etc.) about your mental health, I will be happy to help. But I won’t be able to help if you come to me just to get a letter (and not for therapy).